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Poughill Parish Newsletter

Issue No 15

September 2010

Copy deadline for next issue is 26 November 2010 e-mail

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The Poughill Newsletter is produced four times a year: March, June, September and December. I would be very pleased to receive any articles, photos, information on births, marriages and deaths, achievements by our younger (and older) villagers and anything else you feel you would like to be included. Articles can either be dropped into St Michael’s House, to me at Penhay or emailed to me in time for our next issue. Editor - Jill Shaw 01363 860217 Advertising and Subscriptions Advertising rates are £3.50 an issue or £12.00 for the year. Businesses outside the area £30.00 Phone Anne for more details on 01363 866349 or email her at Contact the Editor for a postal subscription service for an annual subscription of £5.00 including postage and packing.

Forge Garage Proprietors: Kevin & Wayne Davey East Village, Near Crediton, Devon EX17 4DB

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The village website has been running for about 5 years now, and is updated with new content when it is available. However, there are some areas of the site that cannot function at all without the input from villagers. We are looking for any photographs, new or old, that represent village life; summer days, harvesting, building, school days, snow days – all these things are interesting to people reading about the village and wanting to see what life is like here. Advertisements from local companies are gratefully received, and if you wish to write a little bit about what you do, then we will include that as well. We can also include a website link and e-mail link if you wish. It would be particularly interesting to build up a history of the village through stories or memories that villagers have. So if you or someone you know has something they would like to contribute, please do drop them in to me. If you know of any local services that might be of interest to people using the site then again, please let me have details. We have tried to ensure that any services we know are correctly represented, but it can be difficult to keep track of the changes, so please let me know if anything is out of date or if there is anything new. We do have a small links page at present, but this can always be increased and I am particularly looking for anything that will be interesting to parish residents, and to help build the site up as a source of information for villagers and visitors alike. If you do wish to contact me about the site, please either drop in at 5 The Glebe, phone me on 866606 or drop me an e-mail to Peter Hilton -3-

Poughill Parish Council Minutes A Parish Council meeting was held in the Village Hall on Wednesday 14th July 2010 at 7.30pm. Those present were: Peter Hilton (chair) Gladys Evans, Wendy Hopson, Sarah Norman, Chris Crossman. Apologies. Paul Rossiter, Julian Moger. Minutes of Last Meeting. Minutes of the previous meeting were unavailable. They will be signed and approved at the September meeting. Matters Arising. Bees Beya and Simon gave a short talk on the plight of the British colony bee and provided information that would help to support bees in the locality. Questions were asked by all those attending. The Council approved the funding for the sponsorship of a hive, to be looked after by a local beekeeper. An article will be published in the September issue of the Parish Newsletter highlighting what steps parish residents can take on their own properties to help support the local bee population. Thanks were expressed to both for a very informative talk. Newsletter Views were expressed that the June issue of the newsletter was superb. Each issue will now be available for downloading from the village website, starting with the June issue, available now. Recycling SN confirmed that MDDC are unable to offer Poughill the same level of recycling service as Cheriton Fitzpaine and other parishes due to funding constraints. She has lodged our desire to receive better recycling services in the future, and will keep us up to date with any further developments. MDDC now work in -4-

partnership with North Devon District Council on waste and recycling services. Community Funding SN informed us that section 106 monies can be used for community projects such as play equipment. CC will feed this back to the VHT. SN will also find out if 106 monies might be available for building projects such as the Village Hall – in its role as the sole community facility other than the church. She was unable at this stage to confirm this. See also item in Finance. Potholes Since there have been no further complaints about the potholes on the Pennymoor and Cheriton Fitzpaine roads it is assumed that they have been remedied. Matters requiring Discussion Equipment Shed CC attended the meeting to discuss the council’s proposal for aa permanent groundsman’s shed somewhere on VHT land. The idea has been accepted in principal, however issues such as health and safety and insurance cover are of great importance to the VHT. PH to contact current PPC insurers and the contact CC for further discussions. Three quotes will need to be provided to satisfy requirements for the funding already in place. See also Finance. Correspondence A list of printed matter received by the Clerk over the last two months appears on the agenda. Financial Matters. The claim for VAT arising from the work carried out on the church walls has now been finalised and £999.75 will be credited in due course. In concert with Dr. Bennett, the new Clerk has re-submitted the Annual Audit. £89.00 was paid for the printing costs of the Parish Newsletter. Eight payments for advertising of £12.00 have been received. The Clerk presented a putative salary and expenses claim, the terms and conditions of which have yet to be settled with the Chairman. -5-

An e-mail from Steve Densham on 11th June confirms that ÂŁ1000.00 has been committed to the project to erect an equipment shed. Planning Matters. (i) Marsh Farm. SN advised that this application has been approved. (ii) Listed building and planning consent application for the installation of 20 photovoltaic cells solar collectors on outbuilding, Riggledown Farm, Pennymoor. Dated 18th June 2010 10/00799/LBC and 10/00798/FULL Any Other Business. None Date of next Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 15th September 2010. Poughill Parish Council Contact Information Councillors Gladys Evans Peter Hilton (Chair) Wendy Hopson Julian Moger Paul Rossiter Parish Clerk John Wilkinson Mid Devon District Councillor for Way Ward Sarah Norman Parish Council Email

Contact 01363 866274 01363 866606 01363 866152 01363 860098 01383 866817 4 Silver Way, Shobrooke Crediton EX17 1HP 01363 774751

07918 153 529

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Next Meeting of Poughill Parish Council Wednesday 14th September 2010 at 7.30pm Agenda will be displayed on the website and on the village notice board.

Church Report July was a busy month in the Church with the christening of Peter and Emma Hilton’s son, Charlie on the 18th and the wedding of Nick and Vanessa Moon’s daughter Lucy on the 31st. Both were very happy occasions. Forthcoming events:

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Harvest Festival and supper Card Bingo in the village hall

Line Dancing Poughill Village Hall Mondays, 8pm- 9pm (Starting on 6th September) Suitable for all levels & beginners First session is Free Then £2.50 per session Come along & have a go! Please contact Sarah on 01363860151 for more information Supported by 5x30 (Devonwide project to encourage people to be more active)


Recollections of Poughill School Sixty Years Ago In May 1947 my parents and I moved from Manchester to Poughill as my mother, Sarah Shaw, had been appointed Head-teacher at the school. For her interview in April we travelled by train to Crediton where we stayed for two nights at the Ship Hotel and were taken to Poughill by a taxi from Moore’s garage. The hedgerows were full of primroses and daffodils and I think that my parents, having endured the harsh winter of 1946/47 together with food and fuel rationing, felt that they had arrived in “Paradise”. A house was provided for us at 2 West End. On settling in we soon found that it was possible to supplement our rations by buying eggs and the occasional chicken from local farms. Clotted cream, something we had never tasted before, came from Mrs Isaac at Village Farm. Wild rabbits were plentiful and Mrs Matten, our next-door neighbour, was happy to prepare them for us to cook. Fruit and vegetables were readily available from several people in the village. Poughill School at that time was an Elementary School with the ages of pupils ranging from five to fifteen. When we arrived Miss Norman was teaching the infants and from May to July my mother taught all the others. The 1944 Butler Education Act brought major changes in secondary education which reached Poughill in September 1947 when pupils aged eleven and over went to the Secondary Modern School in Tiverton, transported by Kingdoms Coaches. This left fewer than twenty-five pupils at Poughill which then became a one-teacher school because the Education Authority provided an additional teacher only when the number exceeded twenty-five. Consequently, my mother then had to teach all the children from five to eleven. In subsequent years when the number of pupils was sufficiently large various teachers – Mrs Perkins, Miss Greenslade, Miss Bowden and Miss Davey – came to teach the infant class. When this happened the schoolroom would be divided into two by pulling the concertina partition across. -8-

I think that when my mother arrived in Poughill she was somewhat dismayed by the under-achievement of many of the pupils and was determined to rectify this. The only pupil she ever heard of gaining a place at a grammar school was Leslie Matten who became a boarder at Queen Elizabeth School, probably in the early 1940s. My mother saw this as a challenge and believed that more pupils from Poughill School should be given the opportunity to attend a grammar school. Gradually this began to happen. In my time in Poughill Tony Matten, Helen Pride, Malcolm and Jennifer Summers, Marion Hamilton, Rita Bowden, Roland Chamberlain, Rodney Matthews, Jennifer and Catherine Ball, Rodney Branton and I obtained grammar school places. News of this achievement at Poughill School encouraged a number of parents from neighbouring villages to send their children to the school. At that time passing the eleven plus dominated the thoughts of many parents. For my mother the “three R’s” were of prime importance and much of each day was spent in teaching them. As in any other school she worked with a wide range of abilities. Despite often teaching entirely on her own she made up her mind that no child would leave Poughill School unable to read, write and have basic arithmetical skills. In achieving this objective she was very successful. Any child who struggled with reading was asked, or perhaps told, to come to our house after school for extra help. You might think this would be resented but children came willingly because on finishing a book they were given sixpence – a significant reward at that time. Trying to provide a stimulating education for every child in a oneteacher school was demanding and my mother relied quite heavily on the BBC radio programmes to provide the older children with some knowledge of history, geography and nature study. I remember also that “Singing Together” was a favourite broadcast. Although unsupervised, no child could think of the programmes as a time for playing around. The relevant words would be written on -9-

the blackboard. Using these we had to make notes about the subject. These were checked and then written up in our exercise books. For my mother there was no free time during the school day. Even the lunch hour was often used to give extra help to individual children. After school Mrs Olive Pike, the caretaker, began cleaning the schoolroom while my mother began the “office work”. There was no typewriter nor secretarial help and so all correspondence was hand-written by my mother. There was not even a telephone in the school. On the rare occasions she felt it necessary to communicate with the Education Office in Exeter, all the pupils would have to leave the classroom and stand by the telephone kiosk, fortunately just opposite the school, while the call was made. We had not long been in Poughill when one of the School Managers said to my mother, “Us ‘ave yerd the school is going to close”. My mother, alarmed at this news, contacted the Chief Education Officer who said to her “Mrs Shaw, just treat it like water off a duck’s back”. My mother retired in 1963 and the new Head-teacher was Fred Coombes. When he left, Harry Pritchard became Head and after him Michael Rumsey who was at the school when it did close in the early nineties. Rosalind Hobbs (formerly Shaw) All aspects of tree surgery/Tree Inspection Stump Removal Hedge Cutting and Reshaping Tree and hedge planting All types of fencing supplied and erected Grass Cutting/Strimming General Garden Maintenance Landscaping A Large Selection of Annual and Perennial Plants NPTC Qualified to British Standard 3998 Fully Insured/Free Quotations

Oliver Vernon Bycott Farm, Halberton, Tiverton, EX16 7AU 01884 820839 07766168162

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When it’s more than just Colour Have you ever seen a beetle that at first appeared black but when you held it in the light, it glowed with a sheen of violet or green? Noticed a cock pheasant in the morning sun and seen more than a palate of colour? Or a shiny green car that turned mauve when you walked past it? This special kind of beauty is formed by means of which the artist can only dream. We know it as iridescence and there are two optical phenomena which cause the light to work in this way. Firstly, where changes in hue correspond to the angle from which a surface is viewed, through multiple reflections from multi-layered, semi-transparent surfaces (such as a soap bubble), or secondly, with a diffraction grating – a fine ruling of grooves which interrupt the reflection of light, such as that forming the rainbow of colours on the surface of a CD. There are many natural surfaces that form colours by one or other or both of these. This is why a Kingfisher on a sunny day is eye catching as it flies past. The blue part of the sun’s spectrum is shining at you like a torch in the same way that dew drops glisten in the morning sun. His blue would be a dull gray without this effect. The dust-like scales on many butterflies are finely ridged to form this iridescence. Other butterflies utilise the multiple reflection technique like the soap bubble. Sometimes the whole wing is aglow as with the Morpho from South America or partly and intricately so as with our own Peacock Butterfly. These are surfaces in - 11 -

which complex interference of the reflections modulates the incident light by amplifying or attenuating some frequencies more than others; hence in these cases the colours do not change with the angle of sight. How many things can you find that use more than pigment to be colourful? Sea shells, minerals, some pottery glaze, decorative glass, insects, ‌.. Derryck Morton

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Walks from Poughill Circular walk from Poughill to Puddington Bottom to Woolsfardisworthy and back.

The walk is an hour and a half; 4.5 miles and 9,500 steps (of your daily recommended 10,000 a day!) Leave the main Poughill village road to the left hand side of St Michael’s House (next to the church) marked with a ‘Public footpath’ sign. Cross the field, through a gate and walk diagonally left towards a gate next to the bungalow. Turn right taking the road towards Pennymoor. Continue along this road to Greenhill Cross signpost to Pennymoor 2 miles and turn left. Continue to the bottom of the hill over a small ford to Puddington Bottom. Cross a bridge and turn left passed stock barns and continue through the field to a gate, through the gate and turn left. Cross the stream, through a gate and up through Cleave Copse and Venn Channing Copse along Binneford Water to Woolsery Mill. Through the mill to the Woolsfardisworthy /Poughill Road and turn left. Walk up the road back into Poughill. Jill Shaw

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The Gardening Club On the 29th of July six keen gardeners from Poughill went to visit Wildside Garden at Buckland Monachorum. This garden was featured on Channel 4 programme The Landscape Man. Keith and Ros Wiley made this garden from scratch; they bought a four acre paddock in 2004 and set about transforming it into a very different kind of garden. The major design feature of the garden is a series of ponds and bog gardens that are linked by narrow streams. In the centre of all of this Keith has created a fantastic courtyard garden, flanked by block- built walls. It is a work in progress. We were filled with awe for the work that had been done and can’t wait until we visit again. We also visited The Garden House which was just up the road from Wildside. Keith Wiley was head gardener there for 25 years. The garden is 8 acre north facing valley slope.

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This was also a fantastic garden, with many different types of gardens set within the 8 acres such as a cottage garden, South African garden, spring garden, wild flower meadow and much more. You could visit anytime of year there would always be something to see. We all went away with lots plants and ideas.

The Cottage Garden Our next visit will be to Rosemoor which will be sometime in September. If you would like to join us please contact Carole on 866666 or Betty on 866650

Experienced Electrician Available for all types of domestic work Call Mike 07545 262944 or 01363 866585 - 15 -

Hog Roast On the 21st of August Poughill Village held a Hog Roast. Kelvin Garnsworthy kindly donated the hog and spent the day roasting it. The night was a huge success with over 65 people attending. They enjoyed the perfectly cooked hog with trimmings of stuffing, apple sauce & roast potatoes. Thanks to Kelvin’s generosity the evening made over £450.00 for hall funds. Many thanks must go to everyone who helped and supported this event.


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Fete On the 29th of August The Village Hall and The Church joined forces for the village fete. The fete was opened by Sarah Norman she cut the ribbon and welcomed everyone. The afternoon started with‘Songs of Praise’. The produce and flower show was a huge success with over 118 entries. We would like to thank Bill & Nora for judging the produce and flowers and Lesley for judging the photographs. Well done to everyone who entered especially the children with there wonderful vegetable animals. There were various stalls something for everyone such as baskets, crafts, cards, a delicious cake stall a ongoing B.B.Q. We are pleased to announce that the fete made a grand profit of £552.00 to be split between the village hall and the church. We would like to thank everyone who helped and supported us which made this event so successful.

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Race results from the Children’s Sports Day – June 2010 Egg & Spoon Under 5s 1st Willow Taragon 2nd Joe Hilton 3rd Max Atkinson

Egg & Spoon 5+ 1st Holly Buckley 2nd Vicky Lancelles 3rd Joshua Atkinson

Sack Race - all ages (children) 1st Charlotte Ridley Rundle 2nd Holly Buckley 3rd Vicky Lancelles

Egg & Spoon Adults 1st Sarah Taragon 2nd Emma Hilton 3rd Katie Acton

Sack Race - Grown ups 1st Andrew Curtis 2nd Peter Hilton 3rd Ian Curtis

3 legged race - children 1st Holly Buckley & Millie 2nd Vicky Lancelles & Charlotte Ridley Rundle 3rd Ross Taragon & Joshua Atkinson

Wheelbarrow Race (all ages) 1st Ellena Borlase & her dad 2nd Ella & Vicky Lancelles 3rd Holly Buckley & Milly

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WI June was the Crediton Flower Festival and five members went to see the displays and had lunch in the Boniface Centre. In June, Irene represented us, as well as three other institutes, at the AGM in Cardiff. In July we had a farm walk on the outskirts of Witheridge, followed by a short meeting and a delicious cream tea. On the 8th and 9th July three members had a wonderful time visiting Kew Gardens, with an overnight stay in London and a visit the following day to Hampton Court. In August all members helped John and Christine Skinner celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. The September meeting will be held at the home of our President, Mrs I Butler, in Tiverton when the speaker will be Mrs Soul, who will be recalling travel anecdotes. Also in September, on the 20th, members will be visiting Highgrove. Betty Bone

Simon Ridley Blacksmith Designer & Maker of all types of Interior & Exterior metal work 01363 866902 07866425244 - 19 -

Sarah Atkins – The Witch of Poughill Did Poughill really have its own witch? According to the Exeter Flying Post (a newspaper published between 1763 and 1917) it did, for in its edition of the 7th September, 1870 it reported: The Crediton petty session was held on Thursday before J. Quick and J. Wreford, Esqrs. Sarah Atkins, of Poughill, enjoys the unenviable notoriety amongst some of the villagers of being a “witch,” and one day a little boy (Francis John Coles by name) had the temerity to call Sarah so before her face. This provoked the hitherto imperturbable Atkins, and she “pugged” the boy for it – an indulgence for which she was fined 12s. Mrs. Atkins lived at Piley Cottage, she was 57 years of age, and the wife of John Atkins, a farm labourer. Young Francis was only 9, the son of the village blacksmith, Moses Coles, who lived 4 doors away at “Church House”. Of course, we do not know if Mrs. Atkins really was a witch, she may have been the old lady that the parishioners went to for a herbal cure, or she may have been able to charm warts, or gifted in ways that uneducated people did not understand which today would be put down to more natural causes, and of course, it is possible she wasn’t all that beautiful! In fact Sarah was very much a local girl, her parents Richard and Alice (née Ball) Nicholls were married at Poughill Church in 1811 and although Sarah was actually born at Knowstone shortly afterwards, whilst her father was working there for a brief period, she spent all her life in Poughill, marrying John Atkins at Poughill on 11th November 1833, and raised a family here. An old witch she may have appeared, but for many years she raised her grandchildren after their father had died. By the time of the 1881 - 20 -

census she was living at “Ball”, a cottage next to Mount Radford. She died in 1883 and her husband two years later, and, no doubt, their bones lie in the churchyard, along with Moses Coles, and his gravestone may still be seen. “Pugged “is a slang word for box (she therefore must have boxed Francis’s ears), a complaint made, and the magistrates fined her 12 shillings – a huge fine when you consider her husband would have been earning that much for a 54-56 hour week. Today a farm worker would earn over £400 for the same amount of work – so it was a very steep fine – and must of caused much bitterness and division in the village. There will have been some who commiserated with her and told her that the lad had had it coming to him, and then there would surely have been those who sided with the blacksmith’s family and said what a brave young chap he was to say it to her, as there was plenty as had thought it! It seems that some of our Child Protection laws are not all that new after all. Charles Cole

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Nature Watch In Africa when the rains come after the dry season the changes to vegetation and to everything that lives in and on it happen very quickly. So too in Poughill this last fortnight as serious rain fell at last after the long dry summer. Visible and audible birds had almost disappeared from the garden but within just two or three days of rain it was spring all over again: mixed flocks of tits, warblers, bullfinches and sparrows roamed together through the trees foraging for a new crop of insects, the blackbirds and thrushes were suddenly busy all over the lawn looking for worms and other food throughout the day, and pairs of sparrows and caffinchs flew together as though wanting to repeat the fun of March and April. Otherwise there has been little to report though we have at last found a grass snake in the garden, near the compost heap of course, and the whitethroat nesting near the footpath beside the house reared her brood. As a follow up to my comments about seeing a few hedgehogs in the lanes after what seemed like years without them, Diane from the Glebe reported that they have a hedgehog visiting them regularly. So, it’s official – they’re back. And for the gardeners amongst you, and I am a poor one, we had our first crop of peaches – thanks to the previous incumbents – big, sweet and juicy too. A nice end to summer. Please, please send in more reports of sightings as there are many people in the village keen to know about the other inhabitants and passers-by in the parish. HANDYMAN No job too big or small Fencing, new & old, DIY, Bespoke Gates, Garden Furniture & Sheds, Garden Tidy Up Digger work, Soil Removal, Decking Repairs, Flooring, Woodwork Call David Fox on 01363 866711 or 07976563441 Dunscombe Farm, Cheriton Fitzpaine EX17 4JU - 22 -

The Hare (II) My Love she is the wild hare that runs the weathered moor. My love the long limbed girl, who lingered by my door. A shape-shifter, a shaman, a wild-flower queen, That jinks and weaves and doubles back, Throughout my waking dreams. I was bewitched one night by the scything moon Shoaling forever against the stream When my heart was stopped And my breath was stopped By a tearing, piercing scream. And the echoes wove a limping pathway That twisted through the night, Glimpsed by the sliding moon, Lit by the glow-worms light, That marked the maze through the golden furze And the cruel clawed clinging briar And bought me to the hammered stake And the straining, quivering wire. The hare was caught by her blood red paw, The sickle moon in her glassing eye Embraced and held by the bracelets’ fire. She danced deaths tune with the singing wire I soothed her words sad long and low With sacred rhymes of long ago, For her pain was mine as I loosed the snare And held her close this wounded hare. And the firefly and the glow-worm strung strands of silver light That lit once more the weaving way to lead us through the night. Round about the marshes, through furze and brake and briar - 23 -

To steer us safety homeward to comfort cottage fire. And I lay with her on the straw mat, beside the dancing flame That drew into its’ burning heart her own hearts burning pain. And time measured out the ebbing fire And I ran with the running hare And time breathed in the newborn day And the straw mat lying bare. And I rose sore boned from my patched bards throne To a shadow at the edge of my eye And a long limbed girl on her dancing feet Who silently passed me by. And my heart was stopped And my breath was stopped By that waking piercing dream For I knew that moon in her glancing eye And the rounding curve of her white silk thigh For I had held her by the stream. And she held for a moment by the open door And smiled both long and low That secret smile, that sacred smile, Of long and long ago And I marked clear, On her slim wrist bare, The thin purple scar of the wire snare That only she and I would know. For my Love she is the wild hare that runs the weathered moor. My love she is the long limbed girl, who ran from my cottage door. A shape-shifter, a shaman, a wild-flower queen, That jinks and weaves and doubles back, Throughout my waking dreams. - 24 -


September – Courgettes and then some more courgettes! Am I the only one who always plants too many courgettes and then find themselves constantly trying new ways of serving them? My family have become experts at detecting traces of hidden courgettes in every meal, but the following recipes have become definite family favourites. Courgette & Blue Cheese Soup (Makes a generous panful – serving approx 8 – and freezes well) Ingredients 1 kg courgettes, washed and sliced 1 large onion, sliced 2 medium potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1 litre chicken (or vegetable) stock 2 bay leaves 250 g blue cheese 1 litre of milk Freshly ground pepper Method 1. Simmer the courgettes, onions and potatoes in half of the stock, with the bay leaves, until just tender. 2. Remove from heat, remove the bay leaves then add the rest of the stock. 3. Liquidise the mixture with the blue cheese 4. Return the soup to a low heat, then add then gradually add the milk, stirring all the time. 5. Season with black pepper and serve hot with a little extra blue cheese crumbled on the top.

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Courgette Fritters These are a little fiddly but well worth the effort. delicious served with a fresh tomato salad.

They are

(serves 4 – makes 12 fritters) Ingredients 140g Plain Flour Salt & Pepper 2 large eggs 175ml milk 50g strong hard cheese (cheddar works well) grated Small bunch of chives, snipped 2 courgettes, grated 1 tsp or so of olive oil Method 1.




Heat oven to 200c/Gas 6. Tip the flour into a bowl, season and gradually stir in the eggs and milk until you have a smooth batter, stir in the grated cheese and snipped chives. In a dry non-stick frying pan, cook the courgettes over a high heat until just soft. Tip onto kitchen towel and gently squeeze dry, then add the courgettes to the batter mix. Add the oil to the pan then drop in small ladlefuls of batter. Cook the fritters for a couple of minutes on each side until golden. Transfer the fritters to a baking tray and finish in the oven for 6 minutes.

Anne Wander

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LANDLORDS & PROPERTY OWNERS is your property vacant or about to become so?

Then ensure that it provides an income for you We will provide QUALITY TENANTS for properties such as yours Our efficient Letting & Management Service includes the following:-


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Poughill Youth Club The Youth Club will be open every Thursday as usual until the end of term at the following times: Juniors (7-8) 5.00-6.30 Seniors (9-16) 6.45-8.45 Everyone is welcome to come along and we are always on the look out for extra adult volunteers to help run the sessions! You can contact us during opening times on 0792 2268 542, or you can call Richard Holmes any time on 01363 866 454.

Poughill Parent and Toddlers Most sessions are Fridays 10.00 am – 11.45 am at Poughill Village Hall. The cost is £3 per family (at the Hall). Please bring a drink for your children. Tea and coffee is provided. We spend some time outside whenever we can, so do bring jumpers/coats etc for you & your children. You are not expected to join in with any organised activities – there is always a selection of toys (cars, cooking, dolls, farm animals, dressing up….) available if your children prefer not to do the other activities. We’re always looking for new members, so if you do have any children under 5, do come along and join us. More information at or call Sarah on 860151 Cheriton Fizpaine Playgroup also run a weekly Baby & Toddler group Tuesdays, 9.45am to 11.30 at the Methodist Hall, Cheriton Fitzpaine.

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Poughill Parish Newsletter - Sept 2010  

The quarterly newsletter for residents of the Mid Devon parish of Poughill.

Poughill Parish Newsletter - Sept 2010  

The quarterly newsletter for residents of the Mid Devon parish of Poughill.